Older adults with cognitive and/or physical impairments can benefit from immersive virtual reality experiences: a feasibility study | Frontiers in Medicine
Background: Older adults living in long term care, rehabilitation hospitals, and seniors' residences often experience reduced mobility, sometimes resulting in confinement indoors and isolation, which can introduce or aggravate symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and apathy. As Virtual Reality (VR) technologies become increasingly accessible and affordable, there is a unique opportunity to enable older adults to escape their restricted physical realities and be transported to both stimulating and calming places which may improve their general well-being. To date no robust evaluations of the use of immersive VR therapy [experienced through a head-mounted-display (HMD)] for older adults within these settings have been reported. VR-therapy may prove to be a safe, inexpensive, non-pharmacological means of managing depressive symptoms and providing engagement and enjoyment to this rapidly growing demographic.Objectives: Establish whether it is feasible to use immersive VR technology as therapy for older adults who have reduced sensory, mobility and/or impaired cognition. This includes evaluation of tolerability, comfort, and ease of use of the HMD, and of the potential for immersive VR to provide enjoyment/relaxation and reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms.Methods: Sixty-six older adults (mean age 80.5, SD = 10.5) with varying cognitive abilities (normal = 28, mild impairment = 17, moderate impairment = 12, severe impairment = 3, unknown cognitive score = 6), and/or ...
Technology, aging & longevity. Global events round up 2020 | Change Rangers
CABHI’s What’s Next Canada conference included in this round up of events related to technology, aging and longevity.
Baycrest Health Sciences and BestLifeRewarded Innovations partner to bring forward caregiver focused behavioural initiative | Intrado
OAKVILLE, Ontario, Jan. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BestLifeRewarded Innovations (BLRI) is proud to announce a new collaboration with Baycrest Health...
Muse S meditation headband| Cool Hunting
The latest iteration of Muse's meditation-assisting technology, the Muse S multi-sensor headband offers real-time feedback on brain activity, body movement, heart rate and breathing as one meditates. Gone are the rubbery cushions of previous versions, replaced by comfortable plush fabric. This redesign takes into account users who'd like to meditate before sleep (or simply listen…
Best of CES 2020: All the best things we saw this year | How-to-Geek
It might seem like CES 2020 just started, but How-To Geek’s editorial team has been running all over Las Vegas for the past week, checking out the latest and greatest product announcements. After careful deliberation, the team has awarded the following 15 products with How-To Geek’s Best of CES 2020 awards.
7 new tech devices for elder care that help seniors live happier, healthier lives | CNBC
Intuition Robotics' debut product is a robot called ElliQ, which Dor Skuler, co-founder and CEO, calls "a sidekick for happier aging."
New Tech Helps Revera, Asbury, Carlton Meet Workforce Challenges | Senior Housing News
New Tech Helps Revera, Asbury, Carlton Meet Workforce Challenges.
WRSON: Sharing and learning best practices | Memorial University News
SmART Aging was sighted at a health symposium, hosted by Western Regional School of Nursing and Western Health.
Western Newfoundland project will join artists with isolated older adults to support their cognitive fitness | Saltwire Network
Connecting older adults with artists to help them maintain and improve their cognitive fitness is the focus of a new project recently launched in the western region. SmArt Aging Project is a collaboration of Western Health, Gros Morne Summer Music
CBC Newfoundland Morning with Bernice Hillier, Martin Jones | CBC Listen
Senior-centered program uses art to keep you sharp while you age.
Caregiver Centered Care | Life with Dementia Podcast
If you know what it’s like to feel exasperated or ignored in your role as a family caregiver, you’ll want to catch this episode and chime in on the dialogue surrounding what’s being coined as caregiver-centered care. Dr. Jasneet Parmar with is ready to enlighten us all on what we can do better to support family and friends, who are in turn supporting persons living with dementia. Life with Dementia podcast is a proud member of The , powered by .
Language-learning app Duolingo is now valued at more than $1 billion after an investment from Google's parent company | Business Insider
Duolingo, based in Pittsburgh, is now considered a unicorn after a $30 million investment from CapitalG, Alphabet's investment fund.